Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (Paperback)

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    ITEM#: 13116729

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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    ISBN 9780393339918
    Genre SCIENCE / Physics / Astrophysics
    Format Paperback
    Pages 334
    Publisher Date 2011-04-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Curious Science of Life in the Void
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Roach, Mary
    Country of Origin United States

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